March 2, 2010 · 6:30 PM
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This will be a monumental evening for our little card club. For the first time in over 3 years we will be meeting somewhere besides the Chatterbox. As you know we have been increasingly evicted from our backroom refuge over the past 3 months and after couple of discussions with management there, the only effective resolution to the problem is to pay rent to reserve the room, which I will not do.
After soliciting ideas from members and scouting out locations along the border to serve both cities conveniently, I've arranged to give a trial to a new location for this meeting. It is in Minneapolis, just a short distance over the Lake Street Bridge. It is Italiano Restaurant at 3508 E. Lake St. It is a small independent operation in an older building ( a "LAKE STREET GARAGE" neon sign in the window attests to a former incarnation) but the inside is bright and clean and the owner, Jose, seems very willing to do what is necessary to make us feel welcome. They have a back room we can claim as our own with a full bar and menu including a range of Italian dishes as well as sandwiches and burgers. I can speak well of the Swiss and Mushroom burger. Parking will be a little more inconvenient but we can park in a small lot in the back as well as Lake St and around the corner on 36th Ave.
Folks, your opinion is VERY important to me in evaluating the suitability of this new location for our Card Meetup. I do like the fact that it will be more convenient for our Minneapolis members without greatly inconveniencing those of us from Saint Paul.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND THIS DATE SO I CAN HAVE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS LOCATION FOR FUTURE DATES.
I like it and the people who run it and I hope you will too. If so, I would expect to alternate between here and the Chatterbox in future months.